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[ ♪ theme ♪ ] >> bill: hey, what do you say? good morning everybody and welcome to the "full court press" on this thursday, thursday, november 8, two days after the big election. good to see you here on current tv. we're coming to you live from our nation's capital. bringing you the news of the day and taking your calls. pardon me. at 1-866-55-press. and president obama winning a decisive victory indeed on tuesday. re-elected for four more years but now a lot of republicans are saying he didn't get a mandate. what do you mean he didn't get a mandate? he won the electoral vote.
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he won the popular vote. he won! mitt romney lost! end of story! president obama does have a mandate to push his agenda. we'll tell you why and we'll tell you what it is but first here's the latest, today's current news update, standing by in los angeles, lisa ferguson. hi lisa. good morning. >> hey bill. good morning everyone. it's more than 24 hours now since the polls closed and we are still waiting on an official number from florida. it is obvious the state has not fixed its voting problems. as i'm sure you remember, it was florida 12 years ago causing the legal disaster between vice president al gore and president george bush. the difference this time, no one cares as much. president obama's victory was well secured without florida's 29 electoral votes. but for florida natives this is frustrating and all too familiar. the state's whole voting system is plagued by bad management and dysfunction. it is usually elected officials
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running the voting process rather than nonpartisan professionals to. make this system more efficient what florida needs now is better access to polling places and more absentee and early voting. it's also affecting the congressional race. g.o.p. representative allen west is now demanding a recount. the election there is still too close to call. west is down just 3,000 votes against his democratic opponent patrick murphy. west is blaming a county supervisor for rigging the election but murphy is up by more than half a percentage point, meaning there is no rule requiring a recount. if mitt romney is the biggest loser of this election, the second is karl rove. he created the model for outside spending groups and his spent more than $1 billion this election but obviously mitt romney lost and so did 2/3 of the congressional candidates rove supported. more bill after the break. we're right back.
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[ ♪ theme ♪ ] >> announcer: broadcasting >> announcer: broadcasting across the nation on your radio and on current tv, this is the "bill press show." >> bill: we still got a big smile on our face because president obama is back in the white house and he's going to be staying there for the next four years. good morning everybody. great to see you today. great to have you with us today. here on the "full court press." your local progressive talk radio station on sirius x.m. and on current tv. for the next three hours we're going to be bringing you up to date on all of the latest news surrounding tuesday's great big
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election plus any other news if we can find it. i'll let you know what's going on and give you an opportunity to sound off sound off sound off this early in the morning and tell us what these issues mean to you and how you are enjoying this moment. i heard from friends all over the country yesterday savoring a big victory in getting president obama re-elected to the white house. a big victory and having democrats move up to 55 seats in the senate. too bad we couldn't have done a clean sweep. again, we want to hear from you on the phone. give us a call at 1-866-55-press. if you prefer to get on your iphone or smart phone talk us to on twitter at bpshow, facebook and in the chat room, you can join your fellow chatters across the
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country, go to and click on the chat room and you are in. here we go. the team here, peter ogborn and dan henning. hello, guys. >> hey hey. >> good morning. >> bill: good morning. you look like a country western singer this morning. you do. >> where is your cornbread hat? >> bill: where is your guitar? >> for those that can't see i'm wearing a western style shirt. i like this shirt. >> bill: okay. >> i'm not going to -- i'm not going to take fashion advice and i'm not going to -- >> bill: a country western singer. >> you're right. i'm sorry. >> i like your shirt peter. i like the shirt. >> your mom is starting to get worried. >> bill: phil backert has the phones. cyprian bowlding who is the sharpest dresser of all this morning -- >> cyprian had a nasty comment about my shirt so that's why i
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was defensive. >> bill: i got it. if you need any help -- [ laughter ] >> bill: well, we were laughing yesterday about -- or laughing is the word? karl rove, who refused to accept defeat tuesday night. >> i was laughing. it was entertaining for sure. >> bill: he refused to believe that ohio would go to mitt romney. in fact, whoa, whoa. here it is. karl rove -- here's his problem. he once predicted that mitt romney was going to get at least 279 electoral votes okay? well, he ended the night at 206 right? now, think of all of those fat cats that karl rove shook down and said don't worry. i got it. i know this stuff better than anybody. so his ass was on the line tuesday night. that's what was going on. he didn't want to admit to his big billionaire friends that he
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had been so wrong. so he tried to undo the whole thing and say no, ohio's wrong. ohio's wrong. you called it too soon. last night brian williams went on david letterman and they had fun poking fun at karl rove. >> we have probably the best guys in the business. and our guys were not willing to make a call early. went into last night -- we went into last night -- >> the call was made about 11:12. >> did you see what happened? what karl rove did. after the call -- oh, buddy -- i -- what about florida? we haven't even -- huh -- somebody said -- send that gal down to -- hey! [ applause ] i saw it and it sounded just like -- sounded just like that. >> bill: the big story this morning, read it somewhere where karl rove, the best that he could do yesterday, he called up
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all of his big donors and he says well, you have to take some real pride that if you hadn't put in those hundreds of millions of dollars it wouldn't have been as close as it was. that's his fallback position. >> gee thanks! >> bill: i'm glad i gave you $100 million. >> heck of a job rovey. >> bill: we're going to analyze the election a little closer today and get your take on whether or not you think president obama has a mandate. but first -- >> this is the "full court press." >> on this thursday, a check of other headlines making news. election night was very popular on tv. the numbers are in and while they're not anywhere near super bowl ratings they're still worth mentioning. nielsen reports over 50 million people tuned in to watch coverage tuesday night. nbc news was the evening's ratings winner. fox news was in second place. abc was in third but in the cable ratings race for the coveted advertiser demographic of 25 to 54-year-olds, cnn beat
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fox, maybe thanks to john king's magic wall. >> bill: no kidding. >> just in that one demographic. not inoverall viewers. in the 25 to 54. fox had all of the old people watching. >> i'm a little concerned that not as many people watch that as watch the super bowl. you would think everybody would be watching the election results. >> bill: one would think. >> plenty of celebrities have weighed in on president obama's election victory. including the big-time obama supporter beyonce. she posted a message that said take that, mitches. this is the first anti-romney message she's posted. she's always just been positive for obama. >> her husband is jay-z. >> bill: yes. >> one u.s. marine has an ambitious goal to help the wounded warrior project. sergeant enrique trevino of
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florida is on his way to doing one million pushups this year all for the charity. he tells abc -- >> bill: is that like nonstop? >> one million pushups for the year. >> bill: nonstop? >> it started out as a new year's resolution. starts his day by doing 500 pushups before going to work. he does them about every five to ten minutes. does anywhere from 25 to 50 in one sitting before breakfast. then he kicks it up a notch during his lunch break. 30 minutes straight! gets 600 pushups done during lunch. he's ahead of schedule. he's done 845,000 pushups so far this year. >> i just did the math by the way. to do a million in one year, you have to do 2,739 pushups every day! >> he does that -- a lot of times more so occasionally he can take a day off. >> i only do 1,000 a day. >> bill: i only do 50 before i come over in the morning. and then another 50 after the show. i'm going to have to up --
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>> 2700. >> bill: we can't let this guy get ahead of us. come on, gang. let's do it. right now. >> drop and give me 20. there are five of us on this show. if we all started doing pushups right now, it would take us years to do a million pushups collectively. >> bill: senator ben cardin, newly re-elected ben carden from maryland will be joining us as well as -- he had a good night so did stephanie shriock. major will be here from "national journal" as well. a couple of things i want to touch on and get your calls because we're still celebrating here and will be for a long time. but "the new york times" and other outlets are out this morning with a real breakdown of who voted and why. it is very, very interesting. president obama really hammered
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together a coalition that represents the 21st century america and where america is going. president obama picking up 55% of the female vote. women voters, 55%. i'm is surprised it's not higher, actually. among latinos 71% of the vote for president obama. african-americans, 93% of the vote for president obama. and this one i find very interesting. among younger voters, 18 to 29 years old 60% for president obama. 60% and 30 to 44, 52% for president obama. so he got women vote. he got the latino vote. the african-american vote. the younger vote. what did mitt romney get? you got if. who's left? old, white men. that's who voted for him. that's why the republican party
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is such a minority party. you have to come back to that. why did women vote for president obama? and why vote against mitt romney? because the republicans they really did declare war on women and any woman who really looked at this election and the choice between the two sees one of them who is going to protect her right to choose and give her the right to choose what happens to her body. you see one of them who is willing -- who wants to end -- wants to provide access to contraception and to mammograms and pap tests and all of the rest of women's healthcare with no co-pay. you see one of them who signed legislation granting them the same pay for the same job that men get. and the other candidate who said he would oppose that. of course there was a real choice for women and 55% of women said this guy's for me and that guy's against me. the same thing with latinos. why would they vote forit mitt
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romney? why would they vote for any republican when the republican agenda is no immigration reform, send them all back to mexico, opposing the dream act and mitt romney said what's his answer? self-deportation. go back to mexico, you bums. that was mitt romney -- no wonder latinos voted for president obama. same thing with african-americans. they didn't vote for president obama -- it would be racist to say they voted for president obama because he happens to be the first african-american president. they voted for him because he cares for them and his agenda is going to help them and mitt romney's is not. across the board. on jobs. on all of those auto jobs that came back. a lot of african-americans working those factories. mitt romney said close them down. we don't need america's auto industry. all of the jobs mitt romney shipped overseas, jobs taken away from americans, a lot of them african-americans on social security, on medicare, on medicaid on child care, on pell
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grants, a lot of african-americans benefit for benefitting from them. mitt romney against them all. there were real policy reasons -- and this is something republican party's really gotta think about. there are strong policy reasons why women and latinos and african-americans and young people voted. look at young people. you're going to vote. you think they're going to vote for the team that wants to take away their pell grants? who wants -- who is telling them that social security ain't gonna be there when you get there? or medicare's not going to be there for you? no! right? they want to vote for a party of opportunity. a candidate who's going to give them expanded opportunities particularly educational opportunities which mitt romney opposed. romney said hey you want to start a business, you want to go to college don't think about any help from the federal government. ask your parents. just ask your parents like i asked my daddy because he's a freakin' billionaire right.
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why didn't i think of that? >> the bank of mom and dad. you guys can all go there. >> bill: what i want to know is who are these dumb ass old white men? he won't help them either. the second question is, think about this. president obama, does very a mandate? yesterday, fred barnes on fox news said no, no, no, he is a man without a plan, without a man a mandate. charles krauthammer said he's got no mandate. dick morris who predicted a romney landslide said he might have won but he doesn't have any mandate. let me tell you something. that is total b.s. president obama has a mandate. he won the election. mitt romney lost. that's a mandate. he got 303 electoral votes. mitt romney got 206. if you add florida in, which we soon will, president obama will
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have 332 electoral votes. that's a mandate. he got 60.6 million of the popular vote and mitt romney got 57.8 million popular votes. so he won the popular vote by about three million. that's a freakin' mandate. he's got a mandate to push his agenda. you know what? republicans have a mandate to stop opposing everything he's for. that's what the american people want. stop gridlock. stop this obstructionism. they've got a mandate to cooperate with president obama to stop saying no to everything and to start saying yes to something. so let's talk about it. why? why? african-americans, latinos women, young people voted for president obama in such overwhelming numbers. and does the president have a mandate? i say yes yes yes yes! your calls coming up.
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>> announcer: looking forward to the next four years under president barack obama this is the "bill press show." live on your radio and on current tv. >>oh really? >>"if you ever raise taxes on >>the rich, you're going to destroy our economy." not true!
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>>i jump out of my skin at people when i'm upset. do you share the sense of outrage that they're doing this, this corruption based on corruption based on corruption. >>i think that's an understatement, eliot. u>> i'm not prone tot. understatement, so explain to me why that is.
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i think the mob learned from wall st., not vice versa. >> chatting with you live at, this is the "bill press show". live on your radio and current tv. >> bill: 25 minutes after the hour. one nice thing about this election, maybe we'll never see dick morris again on fox news. do you think maybe? >> i think he's going to get a raise on fox news. you think now they're going to care about people getting it right? they'll have him back. they already had him back
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yesterday. >> bill: really? he's such a clown. media matters for america put out all of the different predictions. his flat-out predictions that he made in this election cycle not only that romney was going to win in a landslide. republicans were going to pick up 10 seats in the senate. >> they lost seats. >> bill: connie mack would overwhelmingly defeat bill nelson. george allen would win over tim kaine and sherrod brown would have to look for a new job. he got nothing right! >> you can be bad at calling stuff but to be that blind. >> bill: what's on twitter? >> we're tweeting at bp show. you talked about karl rove. you talked about all of the money, he's some explaining to do. blue rabbit said we should send shirts to the koch brothers saying i paid millions for an election and all i got was this
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lousy t-shirt. >> bill: i like that. >> we were just talking about the breakdown of -- >> bill: the "the obama hate machine" ran out of gas. >> send him a couple of copies of the book maybe. you were talking about how people voted for obama. chuck on twitter says latinos deported romney and women shut that whole thing down by voting for obama. >> bill: i like that. >> we're tweeting at bp show. find us there. >> bill: melissa is in pulaski, virginia. >> caller: hello, how are you? >> bill: i'm fine. what's your take on all of this? >> caller: it is ironic. i was looking at today, all of the different groups, the breakdowns overwhelmingly went for president obama. i followed so many of those -- i'm a 44-year-old black female that works for the united autoworkers union. >> bill: oh, my god. my union sister. but then you can see are you the obama generation, melissa. >> absolutely.
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and republicans need to understand that we -- there are other people in this country that have voices and needs. they exclude the rest of us from decision making. they think we can't make our own decisions. they stuff everything down our throats. they don't include us in the decision-making process. we, the people of this country are sick and tired of old angry white men making decisions for us. >> bill: amen, sister! so glad to hear from you melissa. african-american woman 44 years old and a union member. these are all of the people that today's republican party -- didn't used to be that way that mitt romney, paul ryan, mitch mcconnell, they don't give a damn about. don't give a rat's ass about. >> announcer: this is the "bill press show."
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>>for every discouraged voter, there are ten angry ones taking action. trickle down does not work. in romney's world, cars get the elevator and the workers get the shaft. that is a whole bunch of bunk. the powerful may steal an election, but they can't steal democracy.
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>> bill: it is thursday, november 8, two days after president obama's decisive victory. our decisive victory. four more years for the obama agenda. great to see you today. take your calls at 1-866-55-press. and peter just before we get to -- back to the national picture, just reading during the break from the latest edition of california political week or
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cal-peak, this speaks to what we were talking about. how the republican party has lost its edge particularly among latinos, women young voters. in california, my state california republican party used to have 63.2% of voter registration. registered voters in california. republicans. today, for the first time, voter -- republican voter registration in california, this is according to cal-peak has fallen below 30%. democrats hold every statewide office and both the united states senators and of course the big majority of the united states congressional delegation. republican party bob mulholland use to the work for me as political director of the party. is quoted as saying wolves have a better chance of getting off the endangered species list than republicans. [ laughter ]
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>> bill: the more tea party they get the more they leave average americans behind. the more they're in decline as a party. here is a person -- some of that may be up close and personal. ginger gibson, political reporter for politico was with the romney campaign in boston on tuesday night. joining us on our news line. hi ginger, good morning. >> good morning. thanks for having me. >> bill: it was not a happy night there. the word got around pretty close that things were not going romney's way didn't it? >> it was pretty clear early points in the night that he wasn't going to win but there was sort of a group that held out hope in boston. but the crowd started to dwindle, the enthusiasm was gone really early. >> bill: what were some of the signs like virginia didn't immediately go or north carolina didn't immediately or florida or
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ohio? is that what people were looking for? >> yeah, you were looking for wins in any of those states. and even north carolina which sort of everyone had conceded at that point. they knew that -- the obama camp had conceded. they knew that romney was going to win north carolina. i think they called new hampshire before north carolina which was not a good sign for people hoping for a romney victory. >> bill: what were they saying now the next morning? what was the spin out of the romney camp? >> you know, that they just -- it is blaming sort of the structural party. i talked to one of the guys in the airport. that they thought, they did everything they could they put together the best campaign but of course that a pushback at the criticism coming from the party
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was that romney was an awful candidate. they ran a bad campaign and he lost a winnable election. >> bill: if you look at among women, obama getting 55%. latinos, 71%. african-americans, 93%. younger voters, 60%. i mean the republican party there was no outreach beyond older white males. >> that's something the republican party is going to start looking at for the next year. have no doubt. how do they reach out? how do they include more people. how do they have a more diversified party base? because they lost latinos. they lost women. and there's just no way to go forward without those groups. the country is only becoming more diverse and a party that becomes less diverse won't be successful. >> bill: the phrase i've seen thrown around this morning a lot
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is broken brand. there are some people, steve schmidt's been saying that, lindsey gram, mike murphy but there is also going to be a big group of people led by jim demint, i would imagine haven't heard him say that yet or mike huckabee and others who will say no, no, no. we have to be -- mitt romney wasn't conservative enough, right? we have to go the way of paul ryan. >> i surprisingly would not put demint in that camp. you heard him on election day saying it wasn't -- the problem was not being too conservative. you didn't lose hispanics because of being conservative. >> bill: yeah, let's be more conservative then we'll pick up more latinos. >> demint was saying that wouldn't work. but there are a number who are going to say we weren't conservative enough. i heard that. you heard that course right through the primary. was that we need someone really
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conservative to run. newt gingrich made that argument. that we needed a clear contract and that only someone who was very conservative was going to win the election. and having nominated two more moderate candidates now republican party is going to argue factions of it that that didn't work. and that they needed someone more conservative. but i think that today they're maybe doing some more internal soul searching and asking do you win more than 30% of the hispanic vote with a more conservative immigration position and the answer to that is probably no. >> bill: did romney speak with reporters at all? was there any farewell or thank you? or now i'm going to go ride my dressage a horse? >> he did chat with reporters. i was not on that plane. i had gone ahead to boston but did talk with reporters on the
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plane, told them he was feeling good about -- >> bill: this is right before the election. he was exuding confidence. he was saying he was -- >> he didn't even write a concession speech. he only write a victory speech. >> in terms of afterwards, no, he did not talk to the press. had a staff meeting at his boston headquarters yesterday afternoon and his son tagg, drove he and ann home afterwards so a real sign that it was all over. no secret service flashing lights. just went home. >> where does he go from here? what happens next? >> i would imagine that mitt romney does something philanthropic and that's it. he's retired from business. he's not going to run for another office. i would be shocked if he ran for another office. i would imagine he stays very quiet and maybe we'll see him on a council or appointed to some position that does something of
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that north. >> bill: he has that house in la jolla he has to put the car elevator in. >> he has a couple of houses. >> bill: he has that big project. ginger gibson, good work on the campaign trail. thank you for joining us as often as did you. >> thanks for having me. >> bill: ginger is at tagg was driving ann and mitt were in the car, the dog was on top of the car. >> where was schamus? >> bill: on top of the car. >> bill: president obama a lot of republicans denying him a mandate. you know. you know they're going to try to undercut this victory any way they can. bruce is in washington d.c. what do you say? >> caller: how you doing? >> bill: good. feeling good. >> caller: i think the president's got a mandate. i think jobs -- he's got a mandate. you've seen the r word, revenue. taxes. but you want a good idea for mitt romney? let him put his money where his
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mouth is. why doesn't he help lead the effort to rebuild the jersey shore? >> bill: you know what? by the way, that would be a great thing for him to do. working with -- >> his bolddy. >> bill: chris christie. i like that idea. i just want to put a little post-script on the john boehner. he did say we're open to revenue. but then he immediately said but as long as none of the revenue is coming from our rich friends. he repeated that because the rich people are job creators and you can't -- you can't tax them anymore. don't put too much faith into what john boehner had to say yesterday. it was an opening but not a done deal yet. >> yeah. >> bill: kala is in valdosta, georgia. hi kayla.
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>> bill: great victory huh? >> caller: i actually fell in above with barack obama in 2004 at the dnc. i was a sophomore in high school. [ laughter ] >> bill: good for you. >> caller: i was actually living in ohio at the time. i said that man's going to be the first black president of the united states. i got my butt laughed off. >> bill: you never fell out of love with him. >> no. i ran georgia southern students for barack obama in 2008. >> bill: wow! yeah. >> caller: i'm -- i'm 24 now and i'm black and i'm a female and he's for education. he's for helping people helping themselves and i think that's what the republican party and those that vote that way don't understand. he doesn't want to give out handouts. he wants to give a hand up. there's a big difference in that until the republican party gets with that, they'll keep losing.
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>> bill: it comes down to -- kayla, you express it well. who's on my side? who's fighting for me? on all of the issues you mentioned, it was very clear that president obama gets it, right? he knows the opportunities that are there. he wants everybody to be able to take advantage of the opportunities. he cares about those people. mitt romney cares about those who, like himself, have been hugely successful. all they want is more, more, more for them and they don't care about other people who are getting started. it sums it up why president obama got 60% of the young vote. he deserves it. >> announcer: this is the "bill press show." >>"if you ever raise taxes on the rich, you're going to destroy our economy." not true!
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>>oh really? >>tax cuts don't create jobs. the golden years as the conservatives call them, we had the highest tax rates, and the highest amount of growth, and the highest amount of jobs. those are facts. >>"if you ever raise taxes on the rich, you're going to destroy our economy." not true!
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>> announcer: radio meets >> announcer: heard around the country and seen on current tv this is the "bill press show." >> bill: 12 minutes to go before the top of the hour here on the "full court press." this thursday morning november 8th. looking at all of the different dimensions of this great victory by president obama and especially the coalition that he put together of women voters. young voters, latino voters, african-american voters reflecting the great diversity of this country. angry old white men reflect the constituency of the republican party. and mitt romney. back to your calls at 1-866-55-press. >> bill: from boston, a major u.s. bank had to tell customers
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senator ben cardin will be joining us in studio newly elected -- not in studio but in the next hour. peter, what's up? >> you can insert your own kenya joke with this story bill but there is a woman named millicent who lives in kenya. and wednesday morning after the election -- >> bill: did she vote? >> she did not vote. she gave birth to twins. and she named her twins -- >> bill: obama. >> she named one barack obama and the other one mitt romney. >> bill: no! i knew mitt romney had been born in kenya. i knew it! >> now we can say barack obama was born in kenya only it was yesterday morning. mitt romney was born there too. and he happens to be barack obama's brother. >> bill: right. i love that. that's a great story. 1-866-55-press. by the way in -- going back to
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some of the results in california, some very interesting results in the initiatives there. prop 30 which was jerry brown's plan for a balanced approach to fixing the problem in california, prop 30 was approved by voters. prop 32 which would have denied -- blocked the ability of labor unions to contribute to political candidates, banned labor unions from contributing to political candidates, big victory for organized labor and the unions in california and nationwide. prop 32 lost. unfortunately, the measure to end the death penalty in california which i voted for also lost in california. on president obama and his pickup of such and such great numbers of women voters, latino,
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african-american and young voters, mary is calling from gainesville, florida. mary, why can't you people down there get this democracy right and why are we still waiting to see how florida went? >> caller: let me tell you something, bill. this place is a mess. i called yesterday up to the capitol. they said about 5:30 it would be one or two more days before they could finish counting the votes. now this governor who is a total mess added on ten amendments -- it looked like an insurance policy in fine print. it slowed down the voting process. it closed many areas where people go to vote. >> bill: the early voting. he curtailed and everything. >> caller: i'm telling you, all of this was part of the big plan. i'm sure he thought he was being very smart because we have a republican legislature in florida. however, there's so many older people that would have voted for him probably that couldn't stand in line six or eight hours. he shot himself in the foot.
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everybody's angry with him and i'm sure that if charlie crist runs for governor again i think charlie would be a shoo-in and i'm a registered republican. how does that grab you? >> how does that grab ya? >> bill: i gotta tell you i like charlie crist. chris christie, charlie crist getting confused here. if charlie crist would have been in charge, it would have run like clockwork. it is embarrassing not only what went through in 2000 but maybe florida would have finally got the vote right if the supreme court had let them do their jobs. the supreme court interfered. even this time with no supreme court interference, florida, it looks like a banana republic. >> we threw that question out on twitter. what the hell is going on in florida. >> rick scott screwed everything up so bad while trying to cheat. lynn says a dreadful tea party governor implementing vote suppression and austerity measures. florida needs to recall rick scott and bill says florida
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makes somalia's voting processes look pretty good. >> bill: it does. these international teams they have coming in to make sure the banana republics know how to vote. they ought to send them to florida the next time. jesus. >> announcer: this is the "bill press show."
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[ ♪ theme ♪ ] >> bill: good morning friends and neighbors and welcome to the "full court press" here. fellow americans on this thursday, november 8th. great to see you this morning. we're still enjoying the moment. big smile on our face over the big victory of president obama on tuesday and democrats in the senate. too bad we didn't pick up the house, too. president obama certainly with that big victory it is interesting to see today who made it happen. he won. 55% of the women vote. 71% of the latino vote. 93% of the african-american vote. 60% of young voters. mitt romney was stuck with angry, old white males. and that is the face of the republican party today. that's their problem! we'll talk about that and a whole lot more but here she is in los angeles with today's
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current news update, all of the latest, lisa ferguson. hey, lisa, take it away. good morning. >> hey bill. good morning everyone. look forward on some state ballot proposals recreational marijuana is now legal in colorado and washington. but washington officials say do not expect it on the shelves any time soon. and some say this could actually do more to deter marijuana use than allow it. that's because to stop people from driving while high, officials could create a rule similar to the way we treat duis now. but the stays in your system much longer than alcohol so someone who smoked a joint a week ago could still get busted today. remember all of that bipartisanship from chris christie? well, that was fun while it was convenient. now he is saying he wouldn't call his actions an embrace of president obama and it is up to republican governors to lead the country. romney will not be leading the country but he sure thought he would. not only did he not write a
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concession speech, his team also put together a transition web site. they have since taken it down but not before political wire snagged screen shots. pages include ways to join the administration romney's plan for cabinet nominees and an info page on the inauguration. as for the president's upcoming cabinet, he is planning on shuffling a few people around. chief of staff jack lew will most likely head to the treasury. former senator chuck hagel is under consideration for secretary of defense and some top officials that could go include hillary clinton leon panetta and ken salazar. more bill after the break. stay with us. we'll be right back. >>oh really? >>tax cuts don't create jobs. the golden years as the conservatives call them, we had the highest tax rates, and the
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highest amount of growth, and the highest amount of jobs. those are facts. >>"if you ever raise taxes on the rich, you're going to destroy our economy." not true!
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>> announcer: broadcasting across the nation, on your radio and on current tv, this is the "bill press show." >> bill: president obama is back in the white house. guess what. he's going to stay there for the next four years. hello, everybody. still with a big smile on our face and still celebrating this big victory from tuesday with all of you. we're coming to you live from our nation's capital. i expected the president to hold a news conference today. i was all ready to go down there but maybe we'll have to wait until tomorrow. we'll bring you the latest from every angle of the big victory obtuse. look at the house look at the senate. particularly great new people in the -- democrats in the united states senate. and look at what it means for who voted for president obama and why. all of that here on today's "full court press." and of course, we'll give you a chance to sound off. by giving us a call at
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1-866-55-press. that's the toll free number. i love hearing from you and how this election -- what it means to you and your family. but you can also do so by twitter at bpshow. which more and more of you are doing. on facebook. or we've got this big chat room going with people from all over the country talking about the issues, celebrating the moment. go to and click on the chat room. we've heard a lot about the -- you know my book. "the obama hate machine." we've heard a lot about the big republican super pacs. we haven't heard so much about the democratic super pacs but we're lucky to have a few of them out there supporting president obama. roland mollineau is president of one of them. america bridge for the 21st century joining us in studio. roland. good morning. thanks for coming in and congratulations. >> thank you.
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rodell. >> on twitter, you're just rodell. you just have the one name. rodell. i like that. >> bill: i'm sorry about that. >> that's all right. >> bill: here is our team here. what is your name? >> no, i'm roland. you can call me roland. >> bill: peter ogborn, dan henning -- see if you're around long enough, i get it straight. cyprian bolding is our videographer and phil backert has the phones. good morning everybody. >> happy thursday. >> bill: before we get into the meat of the show here, last night, all of the late night comics were having fun with karl rove. and, of course, with donald trump. we promised we weren't going to talk about him again. >> this is worth doing. >> we can break our embargo here. >> bill: jay leno last night said uh-oh obama has bad news for donald trump. >> more good news, the president announced today he's not going to raise taxes on the entire 1%, just donald trump. [ applause ] i tell ya.
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>> bill: that would serve him right. >> i think republicans and democrats would get behind that idea. i don't think he has many friends on either side of the aisle anymore. >> bill: we're still waiting to see him say i'll take that $5 million and give it to the people of the storm-ravaged areas of new jersey or long island, right? >> exactly. >> don't hold your breath. >> bill: he won't. neither will mitt romney. and then in his infamous tweet now, trump said it was time because democracy is obviously not working. it is time for a revolution. leno says be careful what you ask for. >> i think trump is starting to lose it. at one point last night on twitter, he called for revolution since obama -- revolution. the man's a billionaire who owns golf courses okay? you don't call for revolution. billionaires are the first ones beheaded during a revolution! okay? [ applause ] >> bill: doesn't he know? look out!
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very funny. senator ben cardin just recently re-elected. re-elected tuesday in the state of maryland will be our guest later this hour. major garrett here from "national journal" as a "friend of bill" in the next hour joined by stephanie sha reokay, the head of emily's list, had a great night for new democratic women in the united states senate and the u.s. congress. we'll celebrate with her as well. we want you to know -- we want to learn more about the world of super pacs but first -- dan has the headlines of the day. >> other headlines making news on this thursday, now that he helped his boss win re-election vice president joe biden is on to other fun projects like making a cameo on a tv show. e online said he is set to make a guest appearance on parks and recreation playing himself. amy poehler's character played a councilwoman on the show has had a long crush on biden. she describes her ideal man as having the brains of george
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clooney and the body of joe biden. the vice president appears on the show next week. >> bill: does she have that backwards? >> i think it would be funny. let him show up and let joe be joe. >> bill: joe is on a roll. >> plenty of celebrities have weighed in on president obama's election victory. yesterday we told you about donald trump's blowup on twitter. today it is rock guitarist ted nugent. the romney supporter tweeted good luck, america. you just voted for economic and spiritual suicide. he called us soulless fools and asked what subhuman varmint believes others must pay for their obesity booze, cell phones birth control and lies? >> bill: he and donald trump go to the cayman islands together. >> nate silver's celebrity status has skyrocketed. >> you mean president silver? >> since the popular 538 "new york times" blogger correctly predicted 49 out of 50 states. vote outcomes this week.
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still waiting on florida. >> bill: he did this year? he got 49 out of 50 right in 2008. >> he's sitting at 49 now. depending on how florida goes, he could have 50 out of 50. sales of his book have jumped 850% on amazon. the signal and the noise now number two on the book selling web site right behind diary of a wimpy kid. >> bill: nate silver who has been in studio here for the "full court press." yes, indeed. republicans tried everything they could to undermine him. and take -- destroy his reputation and his credibility before the election. but in the end what counts is -- rodell, he got it right right? >> i think i'm going to ask him to go to vegas with me. >> bill: indeed. tell us, american bridge 21st century, we do hear all about the koch brothers -- i wrote a whole book about them. the koch brothers and sheldon adelson and foster friess and all of the rest. there were super pacs throughout
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supporting the democratic cause. you were one of them. >> yeah. so american bridge 21st cent i have a super pac that focuses a little bit different than your normal super pac. we focus on opposition research, candidate tracking and monitoring and then communications. a lot of the work that we did you know, we're talking about 300, 400 500 in the case of mitt romney, thousands of page of research that was used to help other super pacs inform their polling and their advertising. we track candidates at all of their public events. monitor their television appearances and what we're looking for, the mitt romney -- some of the candidates will say you'll find gotcha moments but it is about the inconsistencies as eric fehrnstrom would call the etch-a-sketch. those candidates who will say one thing to their tea party base during a primary and then try to slightly come over here to the center during the general. >> bill: mitt romney would never do that. >> no, no, not at all. when mitt romney talks you know
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he's telling the truth. >> bill: you were the first one to jump on -- it wasn't the 47%, was it? >> no. there were a couple of things. we were there -- corporations are people. we were there when mitt romney -- this is interesting. this is why the research and the tracking together are important. mitt romney was at a press conference where he was asked about his taxes and then went on to say listen, you know, most of my money is from investment. then i make some money from speaking fees but not so much. we have a research team, 20 researchers strong and one of them just looked up as he was saying that. we're all watching on television. he said hold on a second here. went back to our research book on mitt romney. took us all of 15 to 20 minutes to realize that what mitt romney thought was not so much money was $375,000. we took that information blasted it out through social media, through traditional media. the next day it was all over -- pretty much all over the political landscape.
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this is the kind of stuff that we do and have been doing for the last 18 months. >> bill: good work. glad you're on our side! >> really! >> bill: i know what i remembered -- because i've known david brock founder of media matters and founder of american bridge good friend of mine. i knew about america bridge. you were operating under the radar. you were doing the opposition research and feeding that into others who were making the spots and running the campaigns. >> exactly. >> bill: the one time that we heard about american bridge, i think was with the binders full of women. >> yes. so we have -- like i said, we have a war room, quote-unquote here in washington, d.c. and all of the researchers are watching the debate together and you've got -- you picture this war room. it's got windows. >> do you guys have bayonets in the war room? >> there are no bayonets in this war room. just very, very smart kids with
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double screens and spending a lot of time at their computers and they're watching on televisions everywhere. they're watching this debate and someone's got up the go daddy web site and you're just waiting for a moment like that. you never know. as soon as romney said that, one of our communication people just looked over at the other guy and said get that web site! and then within 10 or 15 seconds, we had that thing registered. we started putting our research on it. >> that is incredible! >> he said it. and someone said get the web site. go daddy site was already up. seriously about 15 to 60 seconds later, american bridge was the proud owner of binders full of and then by the end of the debate, we had already transferred and loaded a bunch of our research up on -- regarding women's issues and mitt romney up on that site. >> bill: man. so before the end of the debate
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-- >> yep. >> bill: i'll bet the romney camp didn't know what hit them, right? >> one of the things that's great about what we do, i think a lot of american bridge is about timing and opportunity. there are so many outlets now to get information out and news moves so quickly that i think one of the good things, one of the things i'm proud about over the last cycle is how quick we've been able to be and that's why i say the research and the tracking and the communications, working all together, i think that's really what the secret sauce is. you can have the research but if you don't have the tracking, does it work as well. then if you don't have gifted communicators making sure it gets out the right way through social media that you're actually getting it to the reporters and to the voters, then is all for not. we've been able to do all three of those things together. also work together pretty well with the other super pacs on the democratic side to make sure they have the research that they
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need. the tracking footage that they need so they can put together the best paid advertisement you know. >> bill: what's exciting about this is that you're there number one. number two you know, campaigns will never be -- will never be the same again. they certainly have changed dramatically. and your work proves that. campaigns never had this capacity before. there was always a big lag time. when i first started running a campaign, the first thing you would do an ad. a poll. you might wait two weeks for the poll to come back. then you analyze all of that information. i mean now it is instantaneous right? and out there and you've got to be. >> exactly. the news cycle it's not 24 hours news cycle. it is 24-second news cycle. one of the things we're able to do we do research. we hold republicans accountable. i'm not spending a lot of time, of course i'm a democrat, i believe in democratic causes,
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progressive causes. i'm not spending a lot of time supporting our democratic candidates as in saying nice things about them, putting that out there. they have great campaigns and they can do that and an organization like us where we're holding republicans accountable i think it allows the campaigns more time to focus on their positive message than what they're going to do for the country. while we're calling out republicans for their lies. >> bill: now the election's over. >> yes. >> bill: so what are you going to do in your retirement? will american bridge continue? >> yes. i'm not retiring. i might get a little bit of sleep but american bridge is not retiring. i am spending a lot of time looking at the 2014 map in the senate. we're going to hopefully look at some gubernatorial races around the country and get involved in those. you know what we found out listen, as compared to the kochs and karl rove and all of that, ours is a -- the money that we raise goes to staffing, goes to infrastructure, goes to technology and you know, while you can't run advertisements in
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perpetuity, you can continue to research even in the off-year and you can continue to track candidates and we're going to start early this year. we're going to make sure that by the time that -- by the time we're ready again the other super pacs are ready to run ads and to kind of get into it, we're going to make sure we have the research already done on some of the candidates and this we've been tracking them and so we're not going to stop. >> bill: all right. i gotta tell you, they may have the koch brothers but we have rodell mollineau. we have american bridge. it is very, very excited. and very important. your calls, your questions your comments welcome at 1-866-55-press. we'll be right back here on the "full court press" this thursday morning. >> announcer: this is the "full court press." the "bill press show," live on your radio and on current tv. corruption based on corruption. >>that's an understatement, eliot.
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now to my point. (vo) jennifer granholm ... >>for every discouraged voter, there are ten angry ones taking action. trickle down does not work. in romney's world, cars get the elevator and the workers get the shaft. that is a whole bunch of bunk. election, but they can't steal democracy.
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[ ♪ theme ♪ ] >> announcer: this is the "bill press show." >> announcer: celebrating the re-election of barack obama, this is the "bill press show" live on your radio and on current tv. >> bill: you bet. 25 minutes after the hour now. we're talking super pacs on the democratic side, especially american bridge whose president rodell mollineau is in studio with us. peter, what have you got? >> on twitter at bpshow, we're just getting some celebratory tweets from people still excited. one person says i'm still not fully recovered. i'm freakin' exhausted. i need a couple of days of simply sleeping. also karen writing anyone else sleep deep and peacefully last night? i sure did. >> bill: yeah. >> find us on twitter at bpshow.
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>> bill: by the way, did i too. rodell, we talked about the presidential election. you were also very involved in the senate races. this was -- this ended up being a good night for democrats. which of the senate races were you most involved in? >> well we were involved in all of the battleground ones but to give you an idea of some of the things that we did, we had saw early on, something your listeners would care about, akin and mourdock. we have been searching -- we've been researching them from the very beginning and made a calculated -- working with majority pac knowing that todd akin and richard mourdock were the two worst candidates -- worst candidates in the sense if you wanted to have a democratic pick up or for senator mccaskill to have the best chance, it was akin in missouri and mourdock in indiana.
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so, for instance, when we were doing work in the primary in missouri, we laid off of akin. we had a research book yea big. we knew he was a cowboy and prone to say ridiculous stuff. i don't care how great of a strategist you are i don't think anyone could have fathomed just outrageous things both akin and mourdock said. but when they did say what they said, we had already had research stacks and stacks of research to buttress the their at this that this wasn't a one-time gaffe. these were pretty extreme people who meant what they said. >> bill: you were able to show this was a pattern. this is exactly who these people were. what's impress biv that is you -- impressive about that is you had that information and you they would back until the right time. >> so amazing.
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>> want to put democrats in the best position to win. todd akin, of course, that's missouri and of course, richard mourdock. that indiana seat, that's big for us. >> bill: let me tell ya, it's nice to know that democrats are finally getting smart about campaigns and smart about politics. and now we just need more of these wealthy people to put more money into democratic super pacs. >> amen. >> bill: and progressive talk radio and television while you're at it. >> amen to that, too. >> bill: rodell, thanks for coming in. >> thanks for having me. >>oh really? >>tax cuts don't create jobs. the golden years as the conservatives call them, we had the highest tax rates, and the highest amount of growth, and
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the highest amount of jobs. those are facts. >>"if you ever raise taxes on the rich, you're going to destroy our economy." not true!
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>> announcer: chatting with you live at this is the "bill press show." live on your radio and current tv. >> bill: 33 minutes after the hour. happy thursday, november 8. what a happy week. it was a big night tuesday for president obama and a big night for democrats in the united states senate. now with 55 votes to 45 republicans, electing some very exciting new democrats to the u.s. senate, especially some outstanding women and bringing back to the u.s. senate some of our strongest leaders and best friends of the show, none better than senator ben cardin from maryland joining us on our news line this morning. senator, congratulations! >> well, thank you very much. it was a very exciting night. you know if you would have -- a year ago put down a bet as to whether the democrats would have 55 seats in this congress, you could have made a little bit of
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money. this was clearly a great night for the democrats in the senate. we're very proud of our new members. we've got some really great people coming to the united states senate. >> bill: it was a great night for maryland too senator. marylanders can be proud of standing up and saying yes marriage equality is -- should be the law of the land. we're going to start it right here in maryland. >> you're absolutely right. the two issues, also the dream act. >> bill: thank you. >> showed its progressive cues that every person's rights should be protected. you need to remove all forms of discrimination. so we were very proud. very proud of marylanders. i tell you they came out in droves in order to vote and they waited in line a long time. some people waited as long as five hours to vote. they wanted to make sure they got their vote recorded for president obama but also for marriage equality and the dream act. >> bill: absolutely. so senator, on the senate, i mean -- i don't have to tell
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you, a couple of years ago everybody was saying -- oh, man! 33 seats up, 23 are democratic. democrats are going to be lucky if they can hold on and most likely, they're going to lose control of the senate. it turned out to be just the opposite. two independents moving up from 53 to 55. what happened? >> you're absolutely right. the 23 seats that the democrats set up, the republicans thought that over half of those were competitive. more than half. a lot of open seats. on the republican side, they thought maybe one seat would be challenged which was massachusetts at the time. and they didn't think we would be able to make any other progress. well, in fact, what happened, we had some primaries where the republicans nominated pretty extreme candidates. we had great candidates that were prepared to run. that got into this race early like the joe donnelly from indiana. we saw what happened in the
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primary and joe was prepared to run the type of campaign to win that seat. so we -- we just had the right candidates and quite frankly i think the on strxist of the -- the obstructionist of the republicans came back to hurt them. i think the public understood who was responsible for the gridlock in congress. >> bill: i heard harry reid say yesterday that when he came to the senate, it is hard to believe barbara mikulski, senior senator from maryland, was the only woman senator. only female senator and look at today and you know, now tammy baldwin coming in and elizabeth warren and heidi heitkamp and all of the other women there. there is a strong showing for democratic women. >> absolutely. the senate is starting to look a lot more like this country as far as the representation is concerned. i think it is the reason we did well. the power of the gender issue at
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election day is clear. women have made it clear they're going to be an important part of the decision making of this country and as a result, it has been a great deal of recruitment for women to run for united states senate and the financial support and the voters understand this and we're going have a really strong group of new senators, particularly among the women. >> bill: we're talking with senator ben cardin re-elected on tuesday. a little bit later in the program on this very point stephanie shrick, head of emily's list they raised more money this year than ever before on the support of women's candidates. she will be in studio with us. senator, now we get to the agenda and i want to play a quick clip from speaker john boehner yesterday. who jumped out in front with some words about how we're going to address the fiscal cliff and
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how willing republicans might be to compromise. here's speaker boehner. >> we're willing to accept new revenue under the right conditions. what matters is where the increased revenue comes from and what type of reform comes with it. >> bill: so he said we're willing to increase revenue but we're not going to raise taxes on the wealthiest of americans. do you see possibility for a deal here, senator? >> well, i heard my republican friends talk during the campaign that they wanted to protect the middle class so it's difficult to see how you can bring in more revenue, protect the middle class and not have the wealthy contribute more toward the budget. quite frankly if we put it under the banner of equity and everyone playing according to the same rules maybe speaker boehner will understand that the only way we can bring in the revenues that we need in this
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country and protect the middle class is to make sure everybody pays their fair share. right now, the wealthy -- it is just not right for someone who manages money and makes millions of dollars a year to pay the 15% rate that a person who works 40 hours a week who is a labor pays a 28% rate. we have to correct that inequity. >> bill: we don't have much time to do so, correct senator? the so-called fiscal cliff the sequestration kicks in at the beginning of the year. and then pretty soon here we go again with the debt ceiling. so how do you see that working out? >> well, you're absolutely right. we don't have a lot of time. we don't have any time as far as the patience of the markets the international circumstances and consumer confidence. we have to get this done sooner rather than later. starting tuesday the senate and house are back in session. i hope we can at least get a decision on the automatic cut
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sequestration and a game plan to really put this country back on the right track. look, the clear message for the voters, they don't want this partisan gridlock. they want democrats and republicans truly working together and compromising. i'm ready to compromise. i'm ready to sit down and reach an agreement. i know it's not going to be a democratic proposal. it is going to be a bipartisan, american proposal. we're prepared for that. but we're not going to yield -- against protecting the middle class. we certainly want to make sure we have the job growth by investing in education and job training and research. and we have to make sure it's real. >> bill: well, i know you'll's be playing a leadership role in that senator. i think you're right on what the american people want. i was also struck -- when you talk to your republican colleagues in the senate, when you look at where president obama's strength lay and the democratic party in terms of this election, 71% of the latino vote 93% of the
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african-american vote, 55% of the women vote, 60% of the young vote basically senator, what do you tell them about their party's outreach? >> well, the republican party has a very narrow chance. they do not tolerate diversity of views. they are hostile to a lot of the ethnic communities of our country. i must tell you their position on the immigration issues certainly did not play well for them and the latino community their views on women certainly divided this nation. their reference to the 43%. those types of issues, 47% those types of issues don't play well. and look, i'm not going to tell the republican party how they have to do their business but i can tell you this is not the party of abraham lincoln so they have problems. maryland is a state with a great tradition on -- for the
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republican party. we've had some great republican leaders but this republican party is not that party. >> bill: no, indeed. and i was just thinking while you were talking about -- i know maryland pretty well. never lived there. but actually, i did for awhile. when there used to be a fenwick island maryland. the latino population, it is not just in texas and california anymore, right? there is a huge latino population in maryland. >> absolutely. it is the fastest-growing population in this nation. including my state of maryland. and it is the population in that it is more -- more organized and more politically engaged and more focused. >> bill: absolutely. it is going to become a more dominant factor as we move forward. >> bill: senator, enjoy the moment. it is great to have you back. we'll look forward to seeing you back in the studio here pretty soon. >> thank you very much. >> bill: senator ben carden from maryland.
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you know, in talking about the outstanding republican leadership that they have had in the state of maryland, i was glad he didn't include spiro agnew on the list. i was a little nervous. he was going to remind us about spiro agnew. >> good idea. >> bill: let's come back and talk about that -- first of all that, breakdown of president obama's votes. very very significant. and whether or not president obama has a mandate. republicans are saying no, no mandate. uh-huh. oh, yeah, i think he's got one. how about you. 1-866-55-press. >> announcer: this is the "bill press show." >>bill shares his views, now it's your turn. >>i know you're going to want to weigh in on these issues. >>connect with "full court
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>> announcer: heard around the country and seen on current tv this is the "bill press show." >> bill: hey we're still celebrating and still smiling. we will be for a long time. president obama back in the white house this morning and good news is he's going to be there for the next four years. no need to start packing. 13 minutes before the top of the hour thursday. november 8th. back to your calls and back to various aspects of this great victory. in just a minute. but first looking for some extra money at the end of each month? here's something you might consider. america's leading work from home business doing business in over 80 countries. they know what they're doing. they offer you an opportunity that you can easily take advantage of. no matter your age education or experience. you can literally earn money on your own laptop from your own kitchen table 24/7.
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mitt romney left with old white, farts. >> bill, i have some exciting news. >> bill: uh-oh. >> very exciting news. yesterday someone returned to twitter that we haven't heard from in a very long time. >> bill: donald trump. >> anthony weiner came back to twitter. >> bill: i don't want to see it. >> that's fine. it is -- he hasn't tweeted anything for 17 months. and he finally tweeted out a video talking about how -- it is not that kind of video. it is not that kind of video. >> bill: i don't want to see anthony wiener video. >> a video about how to help the victims of sandy. he represented a lot of those areas in new york and it is a video saying here's what you can do to help. don't forget these victims. you have to get involved. that was the one tweet he sent out. he hasn't sent anymore out since. it was just the one but he's back. >> bill: did he send it from
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the locker room? was he clothed? >> you can go follow him at retweiner. >> bill: all right. before we get to your calls so just expanding on this idea of -- so again president obama with this line-up of people supporting him right? and we talked about the voter suppression and attempts of voter suppression, especially cutting down on early voting which meant longer lines and closing some -- polling places which meant longer lines. talking points memo this morning did a little -- yesterday did a little survey reported this morning on guess who had to wait in lines longer than anybody else? obama voters, 16% of them said they had to wait in line at least 30 minutes. only 9% of romney voters. >> wow. >> bill: so it was in the democratic precincts that this voter suppression was targeted
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at democratic precincts. twice as many obama voters had to wait in line twice as long as romney voters to vote and get this so 9% of whites had to wait in line 30 minutes or longer. 22% of african-americans and 24% of latinos had to wait in those long lines. don't tell me this wasn't targeted to prevent democrats from voting. >> that's unreal. that's unreal. that's fascinating stuff. >> bill: jacki calling from chicago. what do you say? good morning. >> caller: good morning, good morning. now, i want to understand this. how is it that president obama had 303 electoral votes possibly 327 with florida coming in. he doesn't have a mandate when bush ran, he had a 286 and then he had -- the secretaries of state on both occasions in ohio in order to be able to get the
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presidency and president obama didn't have to do any of that. how is that a mandate? >> bill: you're absolutely right, jacki. it is a joke! president bush barry won the electoral -- barely won the electoral college. everybody was saying he has a mandate because he won. same thing. president obama won. end of the story. he won the popular vote, the electoral vote. he has a mandate. thanks jacki. up in anchorage alaska. john, what do you say? >> caller: hi, bill. we won and that's great. the problem with the democratic party is we don't fight. we won decisively for the second time. we need to fight and stick up for the working class and say to heck with you republicans. we don't care what you think. if you want to work with us, you have to work with us on our terms now. we never take a hard line against it. we always want to -- be conciliatory and say cumbaya. they don't care about us.
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they keep saying they want to work with us until they get up to that point and they say to hell with you. we really have to say that to them and be hard with them. >> bill: john, i couldn't agree with you more. we have to deal from the position of strength. we are in a position of strength right now. and that goes for president obama, too. you know, he's got the the american people behind him. he does have a mandate there. is no reason to cave into the republicans. john boehner said we're willing to consider some revenue as long as you do it our way. >> bill: no, no, no. you know what he has to say to john boehner? you lost i won. okay. so get out of my way and let's get it done. but don't tell me that you guys are in charge because you're not in charge. american people could have chosen to go your way with mitt romney. they didn't. they want a balanced approach. they want some new revenue and they want the wealthiest americans to pay their fair share. now is the time. >> announcer: radio meets television. the "bill press show" now on current tv.
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conservative, here is the mic, i know. held a news conference at the press club yesterday where he said -- attacked mitt romney for not being conservative enough. that's why he lost. he says that reince priebus john cornyn, mitch mcconnell and john boehner should all be fired. because they weren't conservative enough. and that ed gillespie hugh stevens and karl rove should neverren hired to run another national campaign again because they're not right-wing enough. i'm telling you it is the civil war in a leper colony. the republicans eating each other alive. >> announcer: this is the "bill press show."
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>> bill: good morning fellow americans. and welcome to the "full court press" here on thursday, thursday november 8. great to see you today. thank you so much for joining us. we continue our post-election celebration here on the "full court press" and tell you what other news is happening around the country around the globe and take your calls at 1-866-55-press. good to have you with us this morning. and of course, president obama we know, won a decisive victory on tuesday. and already though, some republicans are trying to undermine that but demanding that he did not have a -- he may have won but he doesn't have a mandate. what do you mean he doesn't have a mandate? he won the electoral college. he's got a mandate. he won the popular vote. he's got a mandate. he won. mitt romney lost. he's got a mandate. damn right he's got a mandate. we'll tell you more about that and take your calls but first
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let's go to the west coast to los angeles, lisa ferguson is standing by with today's current news update. hi lisa. good morning to you. >> hey bill. good morning everyone. the election is over and if you thought political ads were, too the joke's on you. big money outside groups are already prepping a new round of ads hitting washington on the fiscal cliff. that is the big issue moving forward and politicians will need to figure it out before the end of the year. more than $7 billion worth of tax heights and spending cuts could throw the country into another recession. this is speaker boehner's big chance at a compromise and many say he's offering the olive branch to president obama but it sounds more like his idea of a compromise is hey how about you give me everything i want. >> we're willing to accept new revenue under the right conditions. what matters is where the increased revenue comes from and what type of reform comes with it. >> that was during boehner's address to the country yesterday.
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and his message is one we've heard before. let's not raise taxes. republicans are now vaguely suggesting they'll agree to some sort of future revenue but only as long as the president stops demanding high rates now and cuts entitlement spending. that raises little revenue especially from high earners and with obama's dilution to a grand bearing bargain many fear he will cave. they say they won't enter the same hostage style negotiations. congress will again have to raise the limit or risk another default. more bill press coming up after the break. stay with us. >>i jump out of my skin at people when i'm upset. do you share the sense of outrage that they're doing this, this corruption based on corruption based on corruption. >>i think that's an understatement, eliot.
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>> bill: oh, no. major gar fret "national journal." >> i'm wearing the beleaguered garb of a writer who is on debt line. i have the cover story to file by 11:00 eastern and i've been up since 4:30 this morning. that's why i'm dressed a bit informally and yes it is not a good hair day, ladies and gentlemen. i will concede that openly. [ laughter ] >> bill: you start keeping those hours and you're really a member of the full court staff here. >> major starts drifting off and tapping away at the computer, you know he's working on his keys. >> indeed i am. >> bill: with peter ogborn and dan henning and cyprian bowlding our videographer, phil backert has the phones this morning. hello. >> good morning. >> bill: hello one and all. so major we have to share a funny moment with one of your former colleagues yesterday. man, i admire a lot. shep smith. you know why? because he's a damn good anchor. >> he's an exceptionally good anchor. really among the most talented broadcasters going in the country. he's really, really good and a
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good colleague. he and i always had a good time at fox. >> bill: so yesterday he had invited on sherry who i know. i've debated her. she's a conservative commentator. she's very smart too. and just to talk about like post-election. and she is giving, you know sort of the b.s. talk points and shep has had kind of enough of it right? and when he -- shep speaks his mind. >> language again for the president, you know, he's going to lose a lot of people. >> that's campaign staff. class warfare. come on now. >> well, hopefully it's over now. >> hopefully the rhetoric calms down. but i'm not holding my breath from either side. whatever. i should read the words up here now. western leaders stepping up the pressure on the syrian regime -- >> bill: i guess i better read the words on the teleprompter. the obama administration condemning the latest from the syrian -- >> good for him.
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[ laughter ] >> the one thing that is a constant about shep's show the 3:00 show is different -- studio b is slightly different from his show at 7:00 but studio b has an informality to it and there are times when shep says look, i'm not just the guy reading the words. i'm here to distill and cut through some of the stuff. there are times when he does do exactly that. this is not the only example. i'm sure youtube is chock with times that he's like what are you talking about? this isn't real. tell me something that's not written in the blackberry. something refreshing about that. even though sometimes it is discordonned with what they expect to hear. >> bill: i think that's what people want to see. listen i always like shep. i fell in love with him during katrina. don't give me that b.s. about fema doing a good job. i'm down here. >> shep has a real authenticity
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and a voice. he's also -- people don't understand how good he is. i've watched him on the fly. i've watched him when breaking news blows apart his run-down. and he can execute a breaking news situation as good as just about anyone in the business right now. >> bill: absolutely. major garrett -- [ laughter ] >> whatever. >> bill: major garrett is here. >> by the way, i was reading what shep just sent me. >> bill: major is a "friend of bill" for this whole hour. we'll be joined by stephanie from emily's list. she a good night tuesday night too. but first, what have you got dan? >> now that he helped his boss win re-election, vice president joe biden on to other fun projects. he's making a cameo on tv. e. online reports he's making a guest appearance on parks and recreation playing himself. amy poehler plays the woman leslie on the show. she's had a long crush on biden. in the show, she describes her ideal man as having the brains
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of george clooney and the body of joe biden. [ laughter ] we'll see that episode next week. >> bill: that's going to be fun. just let him go. >> joe biden is sort of a situation comedy. i would watch him! biden cam. >> nate silver's celebrity status has skyrocketed since the popular 538 "new york times" blogger correctly predicted 49 out of 50 state vote outcomes and he could go 50-50 depending on how florida turns out. sales of his book have jumped 850% on amazon. the signal and the noise now number two right behind the third wheel diary of a wimpy kid book seven. >> bill: nate silver, he was either going to have egg on his face on wednesday morning or celebrated as right on once again. >> nate silver said the data matters more than anything else. that's what he happens with the signal versus the noise. don't be emotional about the data. read it and understand it.
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he did. >> in sports, you'll notice something different about the appearance of the indiana colts when they take on jacksonville in thursday night football. >> they're winning for a change. >> every player on the team shaved their head this week to be in solidarity with colts coach chuck peg anno who is battling leukemia. it is part of a bigger inspiring story surrounding the team. they've's won their last three games in a row and they're now in playoff contention. >> it is an incredible story going on there with him. >> bill: yeah. talk about -- that's solidarity among the team. great. well major there's not much solidarity already being shown among leaders of the republican party. i just saw -- this is on daily caller tucker carlson's web site this morning richard head of conservative headquarters, he invented direct mail. >> very important in the reagan -- rise to power.
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>> bill: news conference yesterday at the national press club here in town where he called for the removal of reince priebus, rnc chair, john cornyn, republican senate chair mitch mcconnell and john boehner because they're not conservative enough. and said mitt romney lost because he wasn't conservative enough. they're already throwing romney under the bus. major, are you surprised? >> look, a couple of things about internal republican party squabbles. richard vigry, as i said was very influential in reagan's rise to power and the maintenance of the rise to power and he was a somewhat important voice in newt gingrich's rise to power in the early '90s. he's no longer considered a fulcrum of power within the republican party ranks. this will be a one-time only press conference. it will go nowhere. i will tell you though absent richard vigry's voice, there is some considerable consternation
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and senate republican ranks about the stewardship of the republican senatorial committee by john cornyn. john cornyn is now prime to become the republican whip in the senate. there are some republicans who are saying why would we elevate a guy who has presided over and whose strategy led to two consecutive cycles where republicans conspicuously underperformed in the senate. i'm not saying he's going to get a challenge but there is some rumbling on that topic. >> bill: the phrase i see a lot today is broken brand. lindsay graham was one of them. schmidt and stevens said we have to look at this republican party and our outreach when you look at, for example president obama getting 93% of the black vote. 71% of the hispanic vote. 55% of the female vote. 60% of the young vote. isn't this -- let's say to be polite, this conversation is going to be taking place within the republican party if not a real war right?
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>> yes. it could be a conversation. it could be a war. it could be be something in between. here's my sense of it right now. presently. i think the first thing republicans have to ask themselves a threshold strategic question which is separate from outreach. do you want to be a presidential party or do you want to content yourself with being a house majority party? and possibly competitive in senate races? now, that's a strategic choice you could make. you could say look, we have the 2010 census redistricting. we have a certain number of seats. we can fortify and reinforce that and be a lever of power in one branch of government. and we can stick with exactly what we have. we don't have to have this larger sort of definition and self-definition of conversation. we can stick where we are and put the ramparts up and protect the house majority. okay. that's one strategic decision you could make. or you could say no, we would like to be a national presidential party.
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if you want to be a national presidential party, you first have to have an internal conversation before you can have any kind of external conversation. that has to be about not pro-life or pro-choice. the republican party will be pro-life. there are millions of pro-life americans. they need a party. republican party will for better or worse be that. it won't an fiscalry reckless party. what is it going to say about immigration? what is it going to say about an economy where people like hispanics and african-americans like middle class americans value work, want to work hard but also believe the government is and can be and ought to be a partner in that movement through the work process? changing jobs, retraining for jobs. preparing for jobs and college level. how do you converse with those people? >> bill: college grants. >> exactly. how do you have that conversation? >> bill: or college loans. >> the other part of that external conversation, if you're going to have it and want to be a presidential party nationally is how do you conform to not just the demographic changes in our country but the cultural changes in our country.
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look maryland -- maryland voted affirmatively for gay marriage on tuesday. all right? now most states have done that -- >> bill: the other way. >> from the other direction. it has come through judicial intervention or something else. most popular vote totals have gone the other way. but maryland, catholic state with a long history of conservative catholic democrats, voted for gay marriage. the joe biden thing republicans spent all this year, good part of the year ridiculing everything culturally, the obama biden ticket. too much on jay leno. too much on comedy central. taking down the institution of the presidency. our country is adapting a different cultural set of values and interactions with our most important repositories of power. and that informality is something our country is embracing, not pushing away. if republicans want to understand that, fine but you'll be missing strong cultural cues
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in this country and that will disable from you becoming a republican party. >> bill: the question you laid out is a fundamental one for the republican party. particularly moving into the 21st century right? we are a different country today. >> look, the party you were once chairman of in california, democratic party spent a good part of the '60s, '70s and '80s as a presidential party. it had aspirations but it lost a lot more than it won. it was in some respects, temperamentally and institutionally inclined to protecting the levers of power in congress. competing nationally at the presidential level but not so well. the democratic party now has and it looks at the electoral map now and says hey, we can be a presidential party with some possibility of permanence. it is not the karl rove permanent majority. it looks like a demographic potential democratic electoral majority. look at florida. look at the trajectory in texas.
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look at the trajectory in arizona. those sorts of things create, for republicans the kind of question that is very threshold. if you want to be a presidential party, how are you going to go about doing it? >> bill: i want to put icing on the cake. i saw this morning cal peak, dick rosen garden's excellent newsletter about california, voter registration in california used to be 63.5% or something like that republican. california right? today, republicans have less than 30% in voter registration, california. every statewide office holder is a democracy. both u.s. -- the congressional delegation are democratic. bob mulholland is quoted this morning as saying that wolves have a better chance of getting off the endangered species list than their california republicans. >> right. >> bill: what has happened to the party. there is to look at that and say who are we? >> what are we about and what
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are we trying to accomplish? >> bill: major i want to ask you about the impact of money in this election. was it as big and as bad as some people feared looking back? 1-866-55-press. if you want to join the conversation. we invite your calls. >> announcer: this is the "full court press." the "bill press show." live on your radio and on current tv. >>and now to my point. that is a whole bunch of bunk! the powerful my steal an election but they cannot steal democracy.
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the highest tax rates, and the highest amount of growth, and the highest amount of jobs. those are facts. >>"if you ever raise taxes on the rich, you're going to destroy our economy." not true! >> announcer: this is the "bill >> turns out it is not all bad news for the republicans. i guess depression is covered by obamacare. >> announcer: this is the "bill press show." >> bill: they had a field day last night. the late night comics. 25 minutes after the hour.
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major garrett. who covers the white house and congress for "national journal" in studio as a "friend of bill." peter, you've been getting comments on florida. >> yeah, at bp show, we're tweeting at bp show. karl rove hat saying the race isn't over. they haven't called florida yet. we can't declare obama a winner. florida hasn't been called. >> bill: antonin scalia is going to step in any minute now. >> rose lind says i'm from broward county. we don't know what's going on. national media needs to be here. i think it is incompetence. brett lieberman a floridian says would you expect any less from us? and john says someone always has to be at the bottom of the bell curve. flor-duh. >> bill: it is pretty embarrassing. >> it is embarrassing. they do have -- i would say one thing that is a bit of an excuse
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is very long ballot, 11 constitutional amendments. long lines. californians, you get your voter guidebook. >> bill: we're also smarter. >> as a native californian, i will agree. [ laughter ] and but it is all over but the counting. i'm not suggesting the counting isn't important but the president is going to carry florida. and it is -- a fascinating story about -- i was in florida obviously for the last debate in boca raton i met with several obama statewide advisers and strategists and they were less confident then. they felt that it might be a one point or half a point loss in florida. their internal polling looked good but it didn't feel right on the ground. in the last week, because of the very successful, well-entrenched, highly mobilized ground game and third
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debate and other outside events, hurricane sandy and just the sense of that state consolidating, they turned what looked like to be a defeat into a victory. the same thing happened in virginia. the same thing happened in colorado. what the obama campaign knew is the known universe. and the republicans didn't. they thought they did. the most important statistic in my mind from the exit polls was a 6 percentage point split between democratic turnout and republican turnout. precisely what it was in 2008. what would a republican critic saying about all of the statewide polls? they're oversampling democrats. they're assuming a turnout thing like 2008. there is no possible way we will have a turnout differential that large. guess what! we did. >> bill: we've never seen a ground game like this one have we? >> no. it will become the new methodology. republicans, after they have all of the various conversations they're going to have to understand that reaching people
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and having a constant communication with them is the most important thing. the central understanding obama campaign had was on-going, continuing conversation is much better than aerial bombardment. >> bill: they started four years ago. it really did pay off. >> in some states, five years ago. >> bill: they knew door-to-door. they knew who to go to and what they cared about. jim messina. >> and mitch schneider. >> bill: all right. with major garrett we'll be joined by stephanie shriock from emily's list to talk about those exciting races coming up. >> announcer: this is the "bill press show." guys that do reverse mortgage commercials? those types are coming on to me all the time now. (vo) she gets the comedians laughing and the thinkers thinking. >>ok, so there's wiggle room in the ten commandments, that's
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what you're saying. you would rather deal with ahmadinejad than me. >>absolutely. >> and so would mitt romney. (vo) she's joy behar. >>and the best part is that current will let me say anything. what the hell were they thinking?
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>> announcer: this is the "bill press show" live on your radio and current tv. >> bill: hey 33 minutes after the hour. it is the "full court press" on this thursday morning november 8th. yes, i still have a big smile on my face. damn it, i'm going to keep it on for the next four years. welcome to the "full court press." we welcome major garrett here as a "friend of bill." covers the white house and congress. for the "national journal." major, as we were saying, big night for president obama. big night for women especially democratic women tuesday night. and that's in large part thanks to emily's list. the president of emily's list, stephanie in studio with us. here several times during the campaign to tell us about the exciting races you were working on and you had one hell of a night. best night ever? >> best night ever! particularly in the senate. we won 9 out of 10 races in the united states senate.
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never had that happen. >> bill: not many people could -- >> it is pretty incredible. >> this wasn't projected as a year of the woman or anything like that. it just fund out that way. the voters took a look at everything and didn't have the sort of media hounding them about a year of anything. they just made decisions. women won. in significant numbers. we'll have the most -- highest number of women in the senate in american history. >> we're going to have 20. 20 women and 16 are democrats. 16 of 20 are democrats. >> bill: heidi heitkamp was number 20. >> yes, she was. >> bill: i want to play a quick clip from harry reid. i didn't realize that. here's the majority leader yesterday. >> i came to the senate -- barbara mikulski was it. as far as women. now about a third of our caucus
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is going to be women. >> bill: that's astounding. >> it is incredible. emily's list has been around for 27 years and our first big victory was barbara mikulski. she was our first big victory. now 26 years ago. she came in and she -- the stories she has about coming in to the democratic caucus. first democratic woman to win in her own right. in that time, we've had -- in the last 20 years a ten-fold increase of women in the united states senate. >> i think there is an unsung heroin of this cycle. patty murray. >> yes. >> because, let us be candid, was not eager to take on the job of running the democratic campaign after the last cycle. harry reid besieged her to take the job. she won an early re-election. she had done it before. it was a huge burden. the numbers were dramatically against democrats. 23-10, republicans versus
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democrats up in the cycle. it was a hard, hard slog. it took quite a bit of cajoling and probably some other devices. i don't know. to get patty murray to do that and she did it. she was part of another wave of women who came to the senate and redefined the idea of a woman in the senate. that sort of concept that you didn't need in every respect and i don't want to be stereotypical here, full on brassy person, you could be sort of a more familiar looking suburban type person, a woman and be in the senate and be effective. she's highly effective on the fund-raising, recruitment and strategic approach to these races. i would say from a completely nonpartisan point of view, you have to look at what she did what was placed upon her the burden of this. the reluctance to take it. >> absolutely right. she had just come off an incredibly difficult re-election that we were working with her so closely on and so she was just
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dragging. >> yes. >> to take this on. you mentioned when she came in, it's hard to believe this. i think about just stunning. she came in and what was called the year of the woman in 1992. she was one of the four women at that time who came into the united states for women who came into the united states senate. it was just a sea change in the -- to have her chairing the democratic senatorial campaign in this historic campaign, 20 years later. we could be not be prouder of patty murray. >> bill: just a quick story. i was -- in 1992, patty murray was running then. she was a little suburban mom in tennis sneakers, she described herself. and she was. the legendary lou wasserman head of universal with all of the hollywood moguls. when lou had a party every
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big-time hollywood player was there. and patty was speaking to the crowd and i'll never forget, she said i just want you to know that -- i'm just this little mom from washington state and you guys -- so powerful here in hollywood but we both have the same goal in life and that is for our kids to grow up and move out of the house. [ laughter ] >> bill: it cracked everybody up. it brought things back down toate. she's had her feet on the ground. >> she is still today. some things don't change. >> bill: some of the races turned out to be -- like elizabeth warren in massachusetts. back and forth. it was real close. she ended up winning by eight points. >> i think that's right. it was incredible. it was really incredible. and what we talk about someone -- elizabeth warren -- >> bill: obama running so well in massachusetts? >> that surely helped but the ground operation of the warren
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campaign was incredible because keep in mind, there was no -- this isn't a battleground state. there wasn't an obama field organization in massachusetts. there was a big one in new hampshire. i was in new hampshire with maggie the next governor of new hampshire. all of these folks were from new hampshire. elizabeth did a masterful job organize folks in massachusetts keeping them there to turn the race around. i think at the end of the day it was just the debates were really, really important for elizabeth warren. i mean we were actually quite upset that that last debate ended up not getting rescheduled. because i think it was so important for the people of massachusetts to hear the difference and the differences were stark. between her and scott brown. >> the temperamental differences were visible. and i think that canceling that last debate was very telling. i think that sent a signal to voters in massachusetts. scott brown did not want to debate elizabeth warren. >> bill: she also proved to be
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a formidable candidate. someone who had never run for office before. >> think about that. really, really rare for anybody to run for the united states senate right off the bat first campaign. but for a woman to take that step, it was a big deal. >> bill: you of course, not taking any credit away from emily's list because you deserve a lot of the credit. you must admit you also were lucky in getting todd akin and richard mourdock we might say -- >> lift all of us up. here's the thing about todd akin, i don't know how much -- the tea party continues but the problem is the republican party is helping us. and that's a problem for women in this country. todd akin made a statement that a lot of republicans believe. now maybe not specifically but this whole concept of what is going on with women with regards to their reproductive rights across the board and we've got a republican party who's in their platform, has said there will be
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abortions in -- no abortions in case of rape or incest. you start there, you start having the crazy conversations. >> bill: personhood amendment is part of their platform. >> exactly. huge problem. >> bill: we started the hour in terms of not abandoning their -- all their positions but in terms of what they focus on and the candidates that they have, that's one of the things republicans are going to be thinking about. >> one of the things that's happened in the modern republican party, it has been a fascinating transformation. in 1976, the republican party was a pro-choice party. gerald ford and betty ford, they were very pro-choice. then as the transformation came, nominally pro-life and strongly pro-life. the progression from some other perspective regression might be that it has become a more forcefully and instrumentally hostile pro-life party.
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so exceptions are no longer valid. there is no sort of bandwidth of acceptable alternatives. and these conversations that todd akin and richard mourdock have are conversations that happened in the recesses of the republican party. well, look if there's conception, then there is a baby. no matter what. now, that's a moral construct. it is a moral perspective. but it is not a viable, political perspective. it just simply isn't. when those conversations surface, as they did so casually, look at todd akin's deportment when he said those words. he wasn't like oh, no! he said it very casually. because that's a conversation he had. i guarantee you many times within another venue of the republican party. the pro-life venue of the republican party and then the public looked at it and said whoa. wait a minute. this is different than i thought it was. voters rendered a verdict. >> bill: 20 women in the united states senate.
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among governors, still a ways to go huh? maggie hassan. >> maggie hassan will be the only democratic woman governor in the united states next year. she's it. she's it. the one. good place to start from. we're at least not at zero. we have a lot of governors up for re-election. a lot of republican governors up for re-election. we're looking at really putting together a good team for 2014. >> bill: already we're talking 2014. big night for women particularly democratic senators, stephanie from emily's list here continues with major garrett and you at the "full court press." join the conversation at 1-866-55-press. we'll find room for you at the table here somewhere. we'll squeeze you in. >> announcer: celebrating the re-election of barack obama. this is the "bill press show" live on your radio and on current tv.
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>>i jump out of my skin at people when i'm upset. do you share the sense of outrage that they're doing this, this corruption based on corruption based on corruption. >>i think that's an understatement, eliot. u>> i'm not prone tot. understatement, so explain to me why that is. i think the mob learned from wall st., not vice versa.
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>> announcer: on your radio and on current tv, this is the "bill press show." >> bill: 13 minutes now before the top of the hour, thursday, november 28th. stephanie from emily's list. and major garrett from "national journal." back to our conversation in just a minute. this article caught my attention out of tennessee. tennessee hospital. has had to contact thousands of patients after somebody stole the hospital laptop with all kinds of patient information on it including addresses birthdays, physician's names and social security numbers. that says identity theft in capital letters. you better protect yourself against it. i have, with lifelock ultimate, encourage you to do
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united states senate. winning in wisconsin. moderate state all in all. first woman to be elected from the state of wisconsin. breaking all kinds of glass ceilings there. the thing about tammy baldwin emily's list has been working with tammy since she was in the state legislature which is great. for both her and in hawaii. literally with the state legislature. we were there when both of them ran for congress. when the seats opened up, jumped right in on the senate races. i've gotta tell you based here in washington, d.c., i spent two years in essence or 18 months since she got in this race, trying to convince this town that she could win this race. no one believed that tammy baldwin could win this race. she's a force. she put together a great campaign. they love her in wisconsin. and she took down tommy
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thompson, former governor, very popular, secretary of -- this was an incredible race and to highlight one, it is really what she did on tuesday night to win that race is incredible. she's going to be a great senator. she is going -- between her and elizabeth warren, i mean you literally have changed the dynamics of the united states senate with those three voices. >> this speaks to the cultural changes i was talking about earlier. >> bill: right. >> it's not a disqualifier, not only is it not a disqualifier, it is not all that topical anymore in a negative sense your sexual orientation okay. >> bill: it wasn't a big issue in this race. tommy thompson didn't make it an issue. >> that seems to me to be both relevant and indicative of a change in the way politicians and those who seek high office have to -- the set of questions they have to ask themselves, whether or not they're going to get in the ring or not.
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these are all -- everyone who thinks about politics asks themselves a series of questions. this used to be an enormously large one. what am i personally? if that becomes known can i be comfortable with it? first of all, can i have any chance? second of all and might i even win? for most of our history on this side of the ledger, those were all disqualifiers or they were such an enormous burden that many people would even get in the race or enter into the arena. that's not true anymore. if it's not true in wisconsin. it is not going to be true in a lot of other places. there will be parts of america where it will be partially true. this is about the cultural changes in america and i've been on this program before, talked about it. peter hart says democratic pollster, that one of the most important undercurrents of this election was are you my partner? are you my predator? he says that's a larger ethic in our country. corporations, are you my partner, predator. sports teams, all of this sort of stuff. the language of tammy baldwin other successful candidates,
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some republicans many more democrats, i'm your partner. if there are predators, i will be on the watch out for them. that seems to transcend what used to be disqualifying cultural metrics. that is an interesting thing. >> bill: i was going to mention one other. i admire her so much. and that is we're talking about the house now. tammy duckworth. joe walsh was the poster boy tea party guy. right? >> that's right. >> bill: he's gone. >> and he's gone. >> bill: what a great story tammy duckworth has got. >> fantastic. this is a illinois congressional seat. tammy duckworth. an american hero. a woman who fought for us. lost both legs in iraq. came home and said i need to continue to serve. and has found different ways. she was at the veterans administration for awhile. came back to illinois. and said -- >> bill: ran for congress once, major and didn't make it. came back. >> didn't give up. >> bill: didn't give up.
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>> now, she's going to be in congress. >> bill: that's her story. she had every reason to give up. she's never given up. you know. so many different ways. >> and the moment when she walked to the podium and walked away from the podium in charlotte, democratic national convention was an absolutely galvanizing and visually striking moment for many people who didn't know her story. >> bill: so great to you have both in. thank you so much. again, congratulations. >> you better. >> thank you. we'll keep smiling at emily's list. >> bill: major, great to have you in. >> i'll be smiling when my piece is done in two hours. >> bill: you got two hours to get it done. i will be back with the parting shot. >> announcer: looking forward to the next four years under president barack obama, this is the "bill press show," live on your radio and on current tv. all under 20 dollars. like a half-pound of tender snow crab paired with savory grilled shrimp, just 12.99. or our hearty crab and roasted garlic seafood bake. [ forsythe ] if i wouldn't put it on my table at home, i wouldn't bring
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>>and now to my point. that is a whole bunch of bunk! the powerful my steal an election but they cannot steal democracy.
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[ ♪ theme ♪ ] >> announcer: the parting shot with bill press. this is the "bill press show." >> bill: on this thursday, november 8th my parting shot for today kind of building on our conversation with stephanie schrick, not only was tuesday a great day for democrats winning back the white house but also for democrats winning so big in the u.s. senate. going into 2012 with 33 seats up for grabs. 23 of them democratic seats. everybody predicted republicans were going to clean house. democrats would be lucky to hold on. well, it didn't work that way. instead, democrats actually increased their majority to 55. not only bringing them back to the senate, veterans like sherrod brown and tom carper and dianne feinstein and ben cardin, bob casey kristin gillibrand,
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they saved claire mccaskill and jon tester and picked up four outstanding new senate democrats, elizabeth warren, tammy baldwin heidi heifkamp and joe donnelly. strong enough to push the obama agenda through the senate and to block the tea party agenda coming over from house republicans. another reason to keep that big smile on our face! s here on this election week. great to see you today folks. go out and have a great thursday and come on back. join the conversation again tomorrow morning.
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